Earn an economics masters degree or doctoral degree as a full-time or part-time student at the College of Liberal Arts. Not ready to apply just yet? Find all the answers you need about the admissions process and review our graduate resources.

Degrees and Programs of Study

Economics Books The Department of Economics offers full-time and part-time graduate programs leading to master’s (MA) and doctoral (PhD) degrees. After completing the MA program, students have the technical skills required for economic analysis of business and public policy. After completing the PhD program, students are able to conduct original research and advance knowledge in the field.

Economics graduate programs are currently in abeyance as the department updates the structure of these programs. Please check back at a future date for more details.

Master of Arts in Economics

Economics master’s degree students can focus on a specific area of economics or follow a general course of study. Potential areas of specialization include: econometrics, financial economics, health economics, international monetary economics and labor economics.

The program gives students an opportunity to specialize in one of two areas: (a) general economics or (b) applied economics and financial markets. The program is primarily dedicated to producing well-trained economics researchers and managers. Many students go on to enter PhD programs.

PhD in Economics

The economics PhD prepares students for university teaching and research and for positions as economists in government, business and industry. The program emphasizes the development of advanced research and scholarship skills in applied economics areas. To accomplish this, the program has fields in econometrics, economic development, industrial organization, international economics, financial economics and labor economics. The program has a strong track record in placing its graduates in desirable positions.

Job Market Candidates

Two of our PhD candidates are on the 2020 job market. Here is brief information about each:

Cynthia Cao

Fields: Financial Economics, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, International Economics.

Job Market Paper title: International Diversification Portfolio in an Open Market Economy: The Role of Endogenous Nominal Exchange Rate.


Emmanuel Selorm Tsyawo

Fields: Microeconometrics, Empirical Industrial Organization

Job Market Paper title: R&D spillover effects on firm innovation – Estimating the spatial matrix from panel data


Graduate Resources

William Stull
803 Ritter Annex

Director of Graduate Studies:
Douglas Webber
877 Ritter Annex
(215) 204-5025

Ms. Belinda Wilson
821 Ritter Annex
(215) 204-0472


Graduate Coordinator:
Linda Wyatt
873 Ritter Annex
(215) 204-6638

Ms. Janice Vincent
825 Ritter Annex
(215) 204-8880